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COM 01 — Public Speaking

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 4—Jun 6
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 17
Units: 2
Tuition: $435
Instructor(s): James Wagstaffe, Bruce Bean
Limit: 40
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 4—Jun 6
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 17
2 Units
James Wagstaffe, Bruce Bean
In today’s “attention deficit” world, delivering powerful presentations is an indispensable skill. This course provides a practical approach to public speaking. Students will learn how to make positive first impressions, captivate their listeners, and move audiences from “no” to “yes.” Students will practice informal speaking skills (impromptu and storytelling), followed by traditional speech genres (informative, persuasive, and entertaining). They will also sharpen their skills with videotape, the use of PowerPoint, the study of famous speeches, and participation in a final dinner program of roasts, toasts, and fun.

Students should expect to pay an additional $55 for dinner on the final night of class.

James Wagstaffe, Instructor, Oral Communication Program, Stanford Summer Session

Jim Wagstaffe won the National Public Speaking title for Stanford in 1977. He received a JD from Hastings College of Law and is a partner with Kerr & Wagstaffe in San Francisco. In addition to his work as a trial attorney and public speaker, he teaches at Stanford and Hastings. He is the co-author of Romancing the Room.

Bruce Bean, Founder and Owner, The Trafton Group Commercial Real Estate

Bruce Bean coaches individuals and firms on public speaking and is the co-author of Romancing the Room. He has worked as a commercial real estate agent since 1988 and is the president of the Board of Directors of HIP Housing, an affordable housing nonprofit serving San Mateo County.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) James M. Wagstaffe, Bruce Bean, Romancing the Room: How to Engage Your Audience, Court Your Crowd, and Speak Successfully in Public (ISBN 9780609805978)